Carrie Underwood: Biography Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter and actress from Oklahoma. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005 and has since become one of the most successful country music artists of all time. Underwood has sold more than 65 million records worldwide and has won seven Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, fourteen Academy of Country Music Awards, and sixteen American Music Awards. She is also the only solo country artist in history to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her 2007 single "Before He Cheats".Early Life Underwood was born on March 10th 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her parents are Carole and Stephen Underwood and she has two older sisters named Shanna and Stephanie. She began singing at a young age and started performing at local talent shows by age nine. In 2001, Underwood graduated from Checotah High School with honors and received a full scholarship to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.Music Career In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol. After winning the competition in May 2005, Underwood signed a recording contract with Arista Nashville. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in November 2005 and became the fastest-selling debut album by a female artist in country music history. The album was certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and produced three number-one singles on the Billboard Country chart: "Jesus Take The Wheel", "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted".Later Successes Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has continued to find success both critically and commercially. To date she has released six studio albums with over 65 million copies sold worldwide making her one of the most successful solo female artists in any genre. Her best selling album to date is Carnival Ride which was released in 2007 and has since been certified quadruple Platinum by the RIAA.